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Since September 2nd, 2010, it has been my privilege to serve as Cottonmouth's Chancellor of the Open Mic. During my tenure, I have borne witness to the nativity of many fine spoken word performances, gazed admiringly into the metaphorical birth canals of many talented artistes, and greedily devoured the placentas of many superb creative
pieces. In this I have been ably assisted by my Vice-Chancellors, each of whom selected a Speaker of Words for the month of his or her appointment.

To all open mic performers, Vice-Chancellors, Speakers of Words, and, of course, audience members, I offer my thanks for sharing their words, voices, hearts, minds, applause, and enthusiasm. Spoken word is a most exciting art form, an anarchic maelstrom of diverse minds and voices. It is both a depository and a clearing house of change, and we must offer up and accept that change with equal grace.

With great sadness, I hereby tender my resignation as Cottonmouth's Chancellor of the Open Mic, and announce that the Open Mic is now to be replaced by the New Open Mic.

As my last official act as Chancellor of the Open Mic, I hereby appoint myself as Chancellor of the New Open Mic.

As Chancellor of the New Open Mic, I gratefully acknowledge the brilliance and dedication of my predecessor, and, in his memory, declare that the New Open Mic will henceforth be referred to as the Open Mic, and I as Chancellor of same.

I pledge that this will be the first of many changes, and that the reinvigorated Open Mic will be the home of variety and originality, and I call on all past and future friends of the Open Mic to help make it so.

I proudly remain your humble servant,


Byron Bard

Chancellor of the Open Mic

Cottonmouth XXIII: photos by Alanna Kusin

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Cottonmouth XXV, Thursday 7 April

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Oh. My. Goodness.

April just posted a tumblr about how she's gonna be on tour soon and she's playing in our lil ole town.

We should totally get everybody together and throw April an after-the-show-it's-the-af
ter-party (shout outs to Lil Leonie Lionheart's folk cover version on the uke) sorta near the Hotel lobby (ie the 459)! Seriously dudes 'n dudettes, let's throw April one mean performance art party.
Cottonmouth XXV bam bam bam... (Can you believe we're up to 25?!?! Holy crabsticks!)

On Thursday 7 April at 7:30pm, the 459 Bar stage will once again bear the brunt of the larger-than-life Tomas Ford who will, with a egomaniacal sweetheartedness, swoon you through spoken-worders, old skool poets, sound artists, playwrights, new-media-welders and modern heartbreakers.

We've got a line-up in store for ya that'll make ya wanna clap your hands and sing "Mercy, Oh Mercy Me!".

Performers include:

Michael Collins
Andrea Gibbs
Alex Kannis
Bobby von Baker
Clayton Lin
Jackson Lawlor
Zoe Barron

Musical guests are:

Andrew Ryan

As always, the Chancellor Byron Bard, presents his open stage with open arms and an open scowl. Sign up before 10pm peeps.
Read up on the Bard's friendly proclamation.

In the meantime, submit to the zine yo!

When: 7:30pm Thursday 7 April 2011
Where: 459 Bar Rosemount Hotel 459 Fitzgerald St North Perth
How much: $5 entry; $20 entry + Cottonmouth anthology
'Zine: by donation